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Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to announce his decision on the proposed merger of the Princess Royal Hospital Trust and the Royal Sussex County Hospital Trust. 
Ms Blears: The announcement of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's decision on the proposed merger of the Princess Royal Hospital (Mid-Sussex National Health Service Trust) and the Royal Sussex County Hospital (Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust) was made at 11.00 on 18 January.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the criteria by which the money made available in 200204 to improve services for older people and speed discharge from hospital was allocated. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 15 January 2002]: All councils received additional funding through the Building Care Capacity Grant. The 55 councils of the highest rates, and the most severe problems, of delayed discharge received extra funding. The extra funding to these councils reflected the rate of delayed discharge in that council's area in summer 2001. These councils will, therefore, be subject to tighter conditions and closer monitoring.